Gameday Thread: Sharks vs. Canucks

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Dressing their most complete lineup yet, the Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks for their final home game of the preseason schedule.

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Nine days from now, the Sharks and Canucks will meet at the Tank to kick off the 2013-14 regular season for both clubs. Tonight's preseason game between the Pacific Division rivals provides a pretty complete preview of that upcoming matchup as both teams are slated to ice lineups which closely resemble their opening-night rosters. Here's your pre-game reading followed by tonight's projected lineups:

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San Jose Sharks


Vancouver Canucks
Preseason Game 4
Preseason Game 5

7:30PM PST | SAP Center | San Jose, California
TV: NHL Network | Radio: Team 1040
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Projected Sharks Lineup

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tyler Kennedy
Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Matthew Nieto - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard - Andrew Desjardins - Freddie Hamilton

Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Matt Tennyson
Scott Hannan - Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

As is always the case in preseason, the line combinations are educated guesses at best. San Jose also has John McCarthy and Matt Pelech listed on its roster and it's possible either of them draws into the lineup, although not likely based on the combinations Todd McLellan utilized in practice this morning. The game will be televised on NHL Network at 7:30.

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